I LOST MY ARROW IN A KANKAN TREE by Noni Lichtveld

I LOST MY ARROW IN A KANKAN TREE

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Age Range: 4 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 First published in the Netherlands, a tale the Surinamese author remembers from childhood. Jak¢no's family keeps growing bigger while the forest where they live grows smaller, so he decides to find a job in town. Along the way he loses his one arrow while shooting a pigeon; in classic cumulative tradition, in ensuing exchanges he becomes the temporary owner of a pumpkin, a stick, milk, a wheelbarrow, and finally a bag of gold given him by a prisoner who needs the wheelbarrow to haul stones. And the king, grateful for gold to fund his daughter's wedding, gives the boy enough land to sustain his family. Details of the exotic setting are intrinsic to a tale whose fresh images and catchy cadence especially recommend it for sharing aloud (no translator is credited); the author's color pencil illustrations, in lively Caribbean hues, depict Jak¢no with Mayan features and include an array of other races--black, white, East Asian, East Indian- -authentic to Suriname. A fine addition to the story-hour repertoire. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-8)

Pub Date: March 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-688-12748-7
Page count: 32pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1994